Libya Crisis: Warplane Strikes At Zintan Airport

Libya-AirportA war plane has launched air strikes on a western  town in Libya allied with the internationally recognized government on Tuesday, in what officials described as an attack by the rival government controlling Tripoli.

Libya is increasingly divided, with the Prime Minister, Abdullah Al-Thinni’s recognised government, and his allies locked in a conflict with a rival faction that took over the capital and established its own self-declared government.

“The military jet attacked, hitting the airport in the western town of Zintan in the mountains near the Tunisian border,” Airport official from Zintan said, adding that limited damage was caused near the runway while there were no casualties.

But an air strike by the rival Tripoli government would be an escalation of its war with Thinni’s forces which had been operating out of the east.

Zintan airport said in a statement that “A warplane conducted an air strike on the airport of Zintan while passengers were about to depart. “Two flights were canceled for security.”

Defense officials from Thinni’s government accused the Tripoli faction of carrying out the attack.

There was no immediate response from the Tripoli authorities.

Four years after the NATO-backed war toppled Gaddafi, Western governments fear Libya is sliding deeper into war as the rival factions battle for control and the country’s oil wealth.

U.N. peace talks among key factions has made little concrete progress. But negotiations are expected to continue this month in an attempt to form a united government and end hostilities.

Nigeria, US To Finance Pharmaceutical Warehouse In Abuja

Tablets and pillsNigeria and the United States are collaborating in the construction of a pharmaceutical warehouse in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The Supervising Minister of Health, Mr Khaliru Alhassan, announced the US financial assistance on Tuesday.

Mr alhassan said the project, when completed, would reduce wastages and improve supplies of medical consumables to government hospitals across the nation.

“Nigeria will be saving a lot of money and this will  in ensure that our drugs are warehoused and are in one place,” he said.

The project, which is code-named “Warehouse In a Box” is expected to be completed within five months.

The development is in line with the National Drug Policy that stipulates that all medicines meant for the public should pass through the National Warehousing System for proper storage and maintenance of quality.

This has almost been impossible since 1945, as the Federal Medical Stores in Oshodi in Lagos State has been the only major warehouse doing this job.

However, if words are matched with actions, the $10 million jointly financed project by the Nigerian and the United States to float the “warehouse in a box” project in Abuja, would boost warehousing of drugs in Nigeria.

Bearing in mind that the current administration has barely three months to go, the Director, US Mission in Nigeria, Michael Harvey, said it would take charge of the project implementation to ensure its completion.

Three modern warehouses are expected be built and completed in July.